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Genesis 20

Abraham sojourneth at Gerar,

Genesis 20:1 As for Abraham, he departed thence, into the south countre, and dwelt betwixte Cades and Sur, and was a straunger at Gerar,

denieth his wife, and loseth her.

Genesis 20:2 and sayde of Sara his wife: She is my sister. Then Abimelech the kinge of Gerar sent for her, and caused her be fett awaye.

Abimelech is reproved for her in a dream.

Genesis 20:3 But God came to Abimelech by night in a dreame, & sayde vnto him: Beholde, thou art but a deed man, for the womans sake which thou hast taken, for she is a mans wife. Genesis 20:4 Neuertheles Abimelech had not yet touched her, and sayde: LORDE, wilt thou sley a righteous people? Genesis 20:5 Sayde not he vnto me: she is my sister? Yee and sayde not she her self also: he is my brother? With a pure hert & with innocent handes haue I done this. Genesis 20:6 And God sayde vnto him in a dreame: I knowe that thou dyddest it wt a pure hert, and therfore I kepte the, that thou shuldest not synne agaynst me, nether haue I suffred the to touch her. Genesis 20:7 Now therfore delyuer the man his wife ageyne, for he is a prophet: and let him pray for ye, and thou shalt lyue. But and yf thou delyuer her not ageyne, be sure, that thou shalt dye the death, and all that is thine. Genesis 20:8 Then Abimelech rose vp by tymes in the mornynge, and called all his seruauntes, and tolde all these thinges in their eares, and the men were sore afrayed,

He rebuketh Abraham,

Genesis 20:9 and Abimelech called Abraham, and sayde vnto him: Wherfore hast thou done this vnto vs? And what haue I offended ye, that thou shuldest brynge on me and on my kyngdome so greate a synne? Thou hast not dealt with vs, as a man shulde deale. Genesis 20:10 And Abimelech saide morouer vnto Abraham: What sawest thou, yt thou hast done this thinge? Genesis 20:11 Abraham sayde: I thought: Peraduenture there is no feare of God in this place, & they shall sleye me for my wifes sake, Genesis 20:12 And of a trueth she is my sister, for she is my fathers doughter, but not my mothers doughter, and is become my wife. Genesis 20:13 So whan God charged me to wadre out of my fathers house, I sayde vnto her: Shew this kyndnes vpon me, that, where so euer we come, thou saye of me, that I am thy brother.

restoreth Sarah,

Genesis 20:14 Then toke Abimelech shepe and oxen, seruauntes and maydens, and gaue them vnto Abraham, and delyuered him Sara his wife agayne, Genesis 20:15 and sayde: Beholde, my londe stondeth open before the, dwell where it liketh the.

and reproveth her.

Genesis 20:16 And vnto Sara he sayde: Beholde, I haue geuen thy brother a thousande syluer pens: lo, he shalbe vnto the a couerynge of the eyes, for all that are with the, and euery where, and a sure excuse.

He is healed by Abraham's prayer.

Genesis 20:17 As for Abraham, he prayed vnto God: Then God healed Abimelech, and his wyfe, and his maydens, so that they bare childre. Genesis 20:18 For a fore the LORDE had closed all the matrices of Abimelechs house, because of Sara Abrahams wife.

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